Nov. 6, 2012
RUSTON - In an effort to continue community outreach as part of the Louisiana Tech men's basketball program, the four newcomers of Chris Anderson, Jaron Johnson, Alex Hamilton and Gilbert Talbot briefly stopped reading their college textbooks in order to read aloud as guests to fifth grade students at Ruston Elementary.
The players were split into two separate classes and read for about 20 minutes during reading time. Students were then able to ask life questions about everything from basketball to college life to personal obstacles the players have overcome.
The students were very attentive and were surprised by how much the players spoke about education rather than sports. Bulldogs assistant coach Derrick Jones stated that in some ways the players gain just as much from the experience than the kids themselves.
"We are grateful to Ruston Elementary and [Ruston Elementary principal] Mrs. Price for the opportunity to engage and mentor these students," said Jones on behalf of the LA Tech coaching staff. "It is important that our student-athletes learn the value of being leaders, not only on the basketball court, but in the community as well."
The basketball team aims to continue their guest reading program by visiting other elementary schools in the area.
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